1. Kanye West's 'Only One': An Ode to Happiness & Healing

    January 02, 2015 2:45 PM EST Happiness is risky to claim. It requires one to disregard social standards, reject the enticing pull of darkness and travel inward. And even then, you have to face yourself. ONLY ONE ft. Paul McCartney http://t.co/AolpyJ6ny5 http://t.co/45EiXLvcuf photo @inezandvinoodh pic.twitter.com…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  3. Watch Kendrick Lamar Channel His Inspiration in Reebok Ad For New Custom Shoe Line

    December 10, 2014 7:49 PM EST "What inspired me as a kid was really illustrating my thoughts on that sheet of paper," says Kendrick Lamar in a new Reebok ad set in the Compton rapper's hometown.  As we await new music from Lamar, the black-and-white clip shows him rapping a previously unheard verse a…

  4. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  5. Chantal Kreviazuk, Featured with Kendrick Lamar on 'SNL,' on How the Song Came to Be

    November 16, 2014 9:52 PM EST "Wow, that was surreal," the Canadian singer said on Sunday morning. Canadian singer and pianist Chantal Kreviazuk put a mighty big feather in her cap when she joined Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock on Saturday Night Live for a performance of “Pay For It,” a song she co-wrote and is…

  6. ‘SNL’ Recap: 'Hunger Games' Stars Parody Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space,’ Kendrick Lamar Performs 'i' & More

    November 16, 2014 11:55 AM EST Rapper Kendrick Lamar made his second appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 15, performing his feel-good single “i” and following up with Jay Rock ’s “Pay For It.”  Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them Host…

  7. Watch Kendrick Lamar Ride Woody Harrelson in 'SNL' Promos

    November 13, 2014 9:43 PM EST Kendrick Lamar might be the musical guest on this week's Woody Harrelson -hosted episode of Saturday Night Live , but he's not Harrelson's True Detective partner. Kendrick Lamar Coming to 'Saturday Night Live' Could have fooled cast member Kate McKinnon , who was…

  8. Listen to Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar's Feel-Good Mashup, 'Backseat Shakeoff'

    November 10, 2014 6:56 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift have been trading winks for some time now. If you remember, it started off early this year with Swift rocking out front row to Lamar's Grammy performance with Imagine Dragons . From there the media love affair continued with Swift paying homage to…

  9. The Juice Podcast: Beyonce, Migos, 'The Drake Effect' & Kendrick Lamar

    November 07, 2014 2:30 PM EST Twitter was lit this week with talk of  Beyoncé 's platinum self-titled box set, Rihanna 's return to Instagram, Migos , Kendrick Lamar and more. For the 27th episode of The Juice Podcast, Rap Radar's content director Brian "B.Dot" Miller and BET.com's…

  10. Taylor Swift Celebrates Her '1989' Sales The Only Way Taylor Swift Would

    November 05, 2014 1:14 PM EST Taylor Swift  learned that she officially sold 1.287 million  1989  albums this week , with the largest sale week in over 12 years.  Pop Quiz! To celebrate, did she: A.) Throw herself a party with her cats. B.) Surprise-drop a  1989: Part 2. C.) Delightfully rap her joy in her car and…

  11. Hear Kendrick Lamar Sing Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off': 'I Love That Song!'

    November 04, 2014 7:41 PM EST He just wanted to get down to this sick beat. Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift are becoming quite the little Mutual Admiration Society. It started when Swift told Rolling Stone that she raps along to Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle" when she's feeling low. "You want…

  12. Kendrick Lamar, Woody Harrelson Coming to 'Saturday Night Live'

    November 02, 2014 5:10 PM EST Kendrick Lamar will join Saturday Night Live as the show's musical guest on Nov. 15, along with host Woody Harrelson. The show made the announcement on Twitter Saturday.  Very excited for our next show on November 15 with Woody Harrelson and @kendricklamar ! #SNL pic.twitter.com…

  13. ‘SNL’ Recap: Prince Dazzles with 8-Minute Medley, Suge Knight Arrest Spoofed & Taylor Swift Vertigo

    November 02, 2014 11:28 AM EST As promised, Prince played an uninterrupted eight-minute medley of songs from his new albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum , during Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1 -- and it was pretty spectacular! Prince on 'Saturday Night Live': Look Back at Past Impressions Prince’s…

  14. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  15. Drake, DJ Mustard Take Top Honors at 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards: Full Winners List

    October 14, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night, showing Drake , DJ Mustard and Kendrick Lamar take home some of the annual event's highest honors. Snoop Dogg hosted the night, which was originally filmed Sept. 20 at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Pioneering rapper,…

  16. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  17. Watch Kendrick Lamar's Feel Good 'i' Lyric Video

    October 10, 2014 9:01 PM EDT The feel good vibes and positivity on Kendrick Lamar 's 'i' shines through on the single's new lyric video released Friday.  Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform New Song 'I' Live For First Time In it, Lamar fans from across all walks of life throw their hands up in a…

  18. Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform New Song 'I' Live For First Time

    October 03, 2014 3:56 PM EDT We don't have details on Kendrick Lamar 's highly-anticipated new album just yet, but the prelude continues to trickle out. On Thursday, Kendrick made a surprise appearance at "We Day Toronto" in the Air Canada Centre and performed his new song "i" live for the…

  19. Jennifer Hudson Jumps Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 02, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson returns to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'JHud'; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar scores his highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'i.' Jennifer Hudson debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her third album  JHud  (24,000 copies sold in…

  20. Watch Flying Lotus' Video for 'Never Catch Me' Featuring Kendrick Lamar

    October 01, 2014 8:55 PM EDT The theme of Flying Lotus ' upcoming album You're Dead! is right there in the title, so it's fitting that the just-released music video for "Never Catch Me," featuring Kendrick Lamar , is set at a funeral. What's surprising, however, is that a seemingly sad…

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